This Classic Look Will Never Get Old

Every day at work, I'm flanked by two women with that whole "it" factor thing going on. You know the type: They always look pulled-together, but not like they're trying too hard. They never bat an impatient eye when I ask them to spill where they found their tops (or shoes, or earrings, or jackets), and they're the pictures of self-possession when I pick their brains about trendy new restaurants.

Coincidentally, they both sport the same makeup on the regular — a fresh face and cat-eyes.

Sure, winged eyeliner has been around forever (think Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Twiggy). But, there's also something that feels a little dated about it to me (think Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Twiggy). My coworkers, however, are anything but retro — save their perfectly fitting vintage 501s. Their subtle eyeliner flicks look refined and decidedly modern.

The secret to pulling off this balancing act seems to be leaving the rest of the face super-minimal and applying the liner with a featherlight touch — and these two aren't the only ones who are in on it. I've been noticing girls on the street and a handful of celebs sporting bare faces accented with just a cat-eye. It's definitely got the cool-girl stamp of approval. Find proof — and, more importantly, inspiration — ahead.
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Ginnifer Goodwin
The actress proves that a cat-eye and a pixie are the perfect pair.
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Alexa Chung
You know that if this British babe is doing it, it immediately passes the cool-girl test. Have you heard of the Scotch-tape trick? You can use it to get a perfect flick like hers.
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Nicki Minaj
Somehow, Nicki Minaj's cat-eyes make her razor-sharp cheekbones look even more defined.
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Olivia Wilde
The combo of a feline flick and glowing skin is the epitome of a gorgeous day-to-night look. What occasion would it not work for?
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Sarah Hyland
Looking for something with a little more oomph? Up the drama factor with major lashes and a nude lip.
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Camille Rowe
The model shows the power of an ever-so-subtle winged look. Should we call this one a kitten-eye?
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The singer has been rocking cat-eyes for years, but lately, she's been toning down the surrounding makeup. And we're feeling it. Think this bold swoop is too tricky to re-create? Check out these helpful tools that'll make sure your liner is perfectly angled and even.
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Suki Waterhouse
It works with glasses, too!
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Lauren Conrad
We should give credit where credit is due: Lauren Conrad hasn't been seen without her signature cat-eye since The Hills days. That's commitment.
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Lucy Liu
Her name is almost synonymous with "fresh makeup." We love how a cat-eye adds the perfect dose of drama. Good news: You don't have to use liquid liner to copy her look.
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Kiernan Shipka
She may only be 16, but Kiernan Shipka's already mastered the art of pairing cat-eyes with bold brows.
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Brie Larson
The 2016 Best Actress Oscar winner looks beautiful with flushed cheeks and winged liner. Here's the easiest way to copy her look.
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Alicia Vikander
Looks like more than one of this year's Oscar-winning actresses is in on the trend.
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Taylor Swift
Sure, Taylor Swift's signature makeup look is her red lip, but we definitely think this long, winged liner deserves a permanent place in her repertoire.
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